(Video) Watch: Liverpool vs Fulham 1-0 – All Goals & full match Highlights – 2023
Liverpool defeated Fulham 1-0 to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to four points, maintaining their slim chance of earning a Champions League spot.
The game-winning goal for Liverpool came from Mohamed Salah, who converted his 17th Premier League goal of the year from the spot six minutes before halftime as a result of Issa Diop’s careless challenge on Darwin Nunez.
Fulham had the first decent chance of the game when Carlos Vinicius forced Alisson Becker into a save with a stinging shot that was turned behind for a corner in the 14th minute, but a moment of madness from Issa Diop saw them fall behind six minutes before the break.
The Fulham centre back looked to be in no danger as he allowed a pass to run across his body, but Darwin Nunez made the most of his indecisiveness to poke the ball away and the defender hacked him down, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot.
Salah stepped up and smashed the resulting spot kick straight down the middle to extend his streak of scoring in consecutive games at home to eight.
Fulham’s best chance to equalise came when Vinicius broke through in the 77th minute but again Alisson thwarted him, using a strong right hand to deflect his close-range shot behind and ensure his side held on for a fifth straight Premier League win.